On Saturday night, the UFC debuted in Long Island, New York with UFC on Fox 25. This 14-fight card was an exciting one for fans, as we witnessed impressive finishes, brilliant comebacks, and back-and-forth wars. Unfortunately, the card was an absolute dud from a viewership perspective. In fact, it brought in the lowest overnight viewership ratings in UFC on Fox history.
According to MMAFighting.com, this Fox card did 1.64 million viewers overnight. This number puts the card in the lowest-ever spot, surpassing the last UFC on Fox show, which was headlined by a flyweight title fight between Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Wilson Reis, and held the previous overnight low at 1.7 million.
For context, last July’s UFC on Fox card, which was headlined by a bantamweight battle between Holly Holm and Valentina Shevchenko clocked in at 2.44 million viewers in the same demographic.
UFC on Fox 25 was headlined by a middleweight bout between former champion Chris Weidman and surging contender Kelvin Gastelum. Though Gastelum nearly finished Weidman in the first frame, he was choked out in the third. With this result, Weidman rebounded from a three-fight losing streak, potentially saving his UFC career in the process.
The co-main event, meanwhile, occurred at featherweight, where hard-nosed Team Alpha Male fighter Darren Elkins scored a somewhat controversial decision defeat of former contender Dennis Bermudez. Other features of the main card included a light heavyweight bout between Patrick Cummins and Gian Villante, which Cummins won by decision, and a bantamweight battle between top contenders Jimmie Rivera and Thomas Almeida, which Rivera won by decision.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/24/2017.